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Old 11-20-2000, 10:15 AM
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Well, the 'ole 300TE ('88, 156k mi.) sprung an oil leak a few weeks ago at the back of the head. Thought it was the cam cover-wrongo. Not only that, a bit of oil had just begun to collect in the bottom of my expansion tank. Head gasket time

The plan is to do the complete valve job-guides, seals, lifters (as a couple were marginal) as well as the water pump (BTW the car was in for a preventative radiator upgrade anyway-still had the old style non-reinforced radiator)and most/all coolant hoses since this is the perfect time. Also will be doing the timing chain, just because it has 150+k on it. The sprockets look fine, so they'll remain, as will the cam. As I understand it, the timing chain tensioner rail gets little wear, so likely it'll remain unless y'all advise otherwise.

Anything else you guys/gals can think of? Plan is to keep this car forever, so if there's anything you good people think would be prudent/cost effective to replace given my car's torn-apart status, please chime in.

Thanks in advance

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Old 11-20-2000, 12:56 PM
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If you are planing to do it yourself. It would be nice if you take pictures of the before, during and after the "rebirth" of your baby and share it with the group.

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Old 11-20-2000, 01:22 PM
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Nope-having a pro do it that can do this job in his sleep (shop foreman at a local MBZ dealership). I've done this sort of work before, but then again I didn't have 3 kids at the time!

Sorry I won't be able to help with pics...

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